gammaxeon Posted February 20, 2014 Share Posted February 20, 2014 Hi all, I am unable to decide between univs A and B for PhD in CS. I am mentioning a few points that I am considering in the decision process. Please let me know your opinions. Ranking: A - top 5, B - top 20 Research group I will be joining: A has only one prof (is relatively new) while B has a lab consisting of 3-4 profs (1 very experienced and others relatively new) who work on research relevant to me. Friendliness: Profs at both places seem to be very friendly - based on email/skype/phone conversation. Recent publications: B publishes a lot at top tier conferences. A also publishes - but less in number. But, B's research group has 18-20 grad students while A has 4-5. Alignment with my research interests (X): The prof at A works on slightly different stuff compared to my current interests. It is sort of a new field combining my interest X and some other area, Y. B offers a wide range of research topics and encompasses X. The conferences where B publishes are more relevant X while A publishes in top conferences on Y. Should I put much weight to this point? I am just starting my PhD - does it make sense for me to narrow down my research interests already? There is high probability that X might no longer be an active research topic in 3-4 years from now. Should I keep my research interests slightly more flexible to accommodate A? PhD Funding: A - RA/TA; B - 2 years fellowship followed by RA/TA - Should not matter much? Funding for the group: B has more industry sponsorship than A I have generalized some points so that it can be helpful to others as well. You can respond to individual points as well as the overall situation. To draw a rough overall comparison, I am thinking to assigning scores to A and B based on each criteria. Do you have any suggestions on how much relative weight should I assign to each of the points? Cheers! PS: If some of the questions have already been answered previously, please share the link to the discussion thread. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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